I am a member of a charity organization called the Threads of Love.   Threads of Love is a sewing ministry meeting the needs of tiny premature infants and newborns who struggle to survive or who die due to stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death.

The ministry is about healing and binding the hearts of parents together at a time of uncertainty about their baby's health or when they lose an infant.

Our local chapter makes a number of items that we put together in 2-gallon Ziploc bags and give them to two different hospitals in our area that have neonatal units where premature babies are born.  Every two months, each hospital receives 30-packages.  All items are made by volunteers who want to show their love and service by using their sewing, knitting, or crocheting talents.

This instructable is for an easy, crocheted baby blanket that is a minimum of 20-inches square. 
For the charity where I am from, it’s made for babies that are 3-1/2 pounds or smaller.  We call it a “Kangaroo Square.”  A baby Kangaroo Square is a miniature baby afghan (20” to 24” square) that provides warmth for the critically ill premature baby and privacy for a parent as they ‘kangaroo.’ This is a therapy that places the developing premature baby on the parent's chest, skin to skin. Experts believe it is one of the best strategies to help at-risk babies become healthy.

These little blankets have also been called “lovey’s.”  Many children use these blankets as they grow up to cuddle with and keep around for comfort and self-soothing.  You are more than welcome to use the pattern below to make a miniature blanket! 

For whatever reason, if you do make one of these miniature blankets, I would love to see it and hope that you post a picture in the comments section.

Please read on if you would like to become involved in this charity.
You can also jump to Step 3 if you just came to get the pattern for this little blanket.

The following links are for your use:
• Central Valley, CA Threads of Love Ministry information (where I am a member): http://www.collegecofc.com/ministries/threadsoflove.htm
• You can find other local Threads of Love Chapters at the Threads of Love National Ministry Website: http://www.threadsoflove.org/
• You can also find us listed under the Lion Brand Charitable Donation website, where all yarn donated is tax deductible.  We can send a receipt if needed.
Lion Brand Charity Connection

Thanks for reading this!

Step 1: Know the Guidelines

Because these blankets are made for premature babies, the following guidelines are asked to be followed for the Threads of Love Items, including the granny square blanket shown in this instructable:
(1) Keep the blanket you work on free of:
• Chemicals
• Dust
• Pet dander & pet (or human) hair
• Mold, mildew and/or fungi
• Germs, viruses and/or bacteria
• Foul and/or sweet-smelling odors, perfumes and/or sprays/hand lotions
• Body fluids
• Food or drink spills and/or stains
- You will be reminded in the materials Step and in the pattern notes to use a sealed bag to keep your work clean and free from the things listed above.

(2) Wash your hands before working on items.

(3) Use only new yarn on items that will be given to the charity.

(4) Do not use solid yellow-color yarn.  The charity guidelines suggest distinct boy colors or girl colors as that seems to be a parental preference after the baby is born.
Just so YOU know: Even though yellow is considered gender-neutral, many premature infants have jaundice, which causes a yellowing skin color.  Yellow blankets make jaundice children look even more yellow, and our group will not use a yellow blanket.

(5) Things the members of the charity will look for as far as quality control when the item is given to us:
• The item should look handmade. 
*I’ve gotten questioned on what this means.  I think the best way to tell you what this means is to ask yourself if the blanket looks like it was made by a machine or does it look like it could have been purchased at a store.  If the answer is “yes” it probably DOES NOT look handmade.*
• Ask yourself – “Would I want this item for my baby?”
• The miniature blanket must be a minimum of 20-inches square, or maximum of 24-inches square.
• The item is soft and made out of 3-ply yarn.
This looks really ni ce! Great job on those!!!!!
I have been trying to find something to make with this gradient tropical-multi-colored yarn and this blanket is perfect. Thanks!
Thank you and I'm glad I could help!
So pretty, and what a great cause!
Thank you! I love that yarn color and what you can't "feel" over the web is the softness of the blanket too!
Cute! I have yet to work on a Granny Square, it looks like fun! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! They do work up very fast... =)
What a great cause! And very good instructions, too. :D
Thank you! That means so much coming from you! =D

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